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Laura

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I am a recent graduate of the University of Missouri in Columbia, where I earned two Bachelor of Arts degrees in French and Linguistics in May 2016. Sometime in the near future, I plan on going back to school to earn a Masters degree in translation. I have a passionate love of languages and language usage, and I derive great joy from helping others develop their skills in these areas. As such, I am a registered French, English, Writing, Essay Editing, and Grammar tutor. My goals as a tutor are to help students become more comfortable with the material that they are learning, to give them the tools necessary to develop study skills that are effective for them, and to impart upon them the same passion for learning that I possess, because I have seen that passion is a great motivator and tends to predict remarkable improvement. When I am not tutoring, I enjoy writing creatively, trying to teach myself different languages (right now it‘s Japanese), playing the saxophone, and going on nature walks.

Laura’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: University of Missouri-Columbia - Bachelors, Linguistics, French

Test Scores

ACT Composite: 33

ACT English: 33

ACT Math: 32

ACT Reading: 33

ACT Science: 34

Hobbies

Reading, writing, learning languages, playing saxophone

Tutoring Subjects

College English

Conversational French

English

English Grammar and Syntax

Essay Editing

French

French 1

French 2

French 3

French 4

High School English

Languages

Writing


Q & A

What might you do in a typical first session with a student?

I want to spend time getting to know the student and asking them how they learn best, so that I know what will or won't work as far as helping a student goes.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

I want to provide them with resources that they can access outside of class or tutoring lessons, in addition to letting them lead a lesson with what they want to learn.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

I would learn what sorts of incentives are effective for each particular student, and do what I have to in order to make those incentives work.

If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?

I would try to figure out what it was about the skill or concept that was giving them trouble, and I would work with them to brainstorm ways that would help them learn it better, in order to involve them in their own learning process.

How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?

I would want to give them strategies of how to understand text, such as with graphic organizers like Venn diagrams or story maps, in addition to encouraging a student to think objectively about what they are reading, either through giving them questions about a reading to answer, or by asking them to give their own opinion or what they are reading. I think it is important that a student be able to express where they are having difficulties, and helping them identify their own struggles will help both of us figure out what to fix.

How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?

I have found that games almost always work. If the subject is categorical, games like jeopardy are effective, and for other things, matching games and word puzzles and other such games work wonders. When you can take the student's mind off of their struggle and teach them how to think about a subject in a new light, they may be more inclined to learn more about that subject.